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Five Finds on Friday: Ben Thompson

On Fridays we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Ben Thompson of the pork butcher The Rock Barn.  A trained chef, Thomspon may be the only man in town whose resume includes Per Se and The French Laundry.  You can enjoy The Rock Barn’s products at top restaurants all over Charlottesville, or buy directly from The Rock Barn at area farmers’ markets.  Better yet, try a Porkshare, where each month you get a different selection of cuts, plus expert tips and recipes on what to do with them.  Thompson’s picks:

1)  The Gyro at The Ivy Inn.  “This is not always on the menu, but just pop in the back door and tell the guys to stop service and make you one.”

2)  Bellisima Pizza at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie.  “See all previous mentions.  Everybody else already said it.”

3)  Steel Wheels ESB from The Barrel House of Blue Mountain Brewery.  “Great balance of drinkability and complexity. My ‘go to’ when it is available. Growlers or cans.”

4)  Citra Hops Kombucha from Nugget’s Raw Kombucha.  “Straightforward. Gets you right. Brings you back.

5)  The Rock Barn Bratwurst at Beer Run.  “Shameless plug. Proud to have my sausage in their hands. They do a great job.”


Five Finds on Friday: Tyler Teass

Tyler Teass, standing, with Chef Tucker Yoder.

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Tyler Teass, sous chef at Clifton Inn.  On Monday, November 12, Clifton Inn will host a four-course wine dinner with pairings from Blenheim Vineyards.  Teass’ picks:

1)  Nugget’s Raw Kombucha at City Market.   I love all fermented foods, and all of their flavors of kombucha are really tasty.

2)  Cocktails at 9 1/2 SpeakeasyIt’s got great cocktails, and they keep it quiet.  It’s a great place for after work drinks or dates.

3)  Vegetable Soup with Bread and Butter on the late night menu at C&ODelicious and hits the spot especially now since the weather’s gotten colder.  Plus, they play great music.

4)  Duet of Lamb “Greek Style” at Ivy InnAngelo is the nicest guy ever and makes awesome food.  His gyros are worth the trip to Ivy alone. 

5)  Larb at Thai SiamIt’s one of a kind and I constantly crave their food. 

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